Monday, August 22, 2011

Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers to bring science fun to Houghton County Fair Aug. 25

HOUGHTON --Thursday night -- opening night at the Houghton County Fair -- is Family Night, and this year there’s something brand new for the family. The Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers will be mystifying young and old with their science magic show from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in four circus tents on the baseball field next to the Midway at the Houghton County Fairgrounds in Hancock. There is no extra charge for the Mind Trekkers show.

Mind Trekkers is a hands-on science and engineering show produced by the Center for Pre-college Outreach at Michigan Technological University. Staff and student volunteers invite visitors to walk on water (well, water mixed with cornstarch), to feel their hair stand on end, to see ice cream made in 60 seconds, and to breathe "dragon’s breath," to name just a few of more than 80 activities. Each demonstration is designed to reveal the mystery behind a scientific principle, turning science into fun.

Over the past year, the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers have taken their popular show on the road to Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Mich.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Green Bay, Wis.

They have also performed in Traverse City, Escanaba and Iron Mountain, Mich. They have already been invited back to the nation’s capital for the next USA Science and Engineering Expo in April 2012.

The Mind Trekkers Science and Engineering Festival at the County Fair is sponsored by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.

Family passes for the Fair that night are half price when purchased in advance; $10 admits two adults and up to four children ages 7 to 15. Children under 6 get in free. The passes are on sale at many local businesses.

For more information, call the Center for Pre-College Outreach at 906-487-2219, or email yp@mtu.edu.

Click here for the Schedule of activities at this year's Houghton County Fair.

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